October 8, 2006
How about some changes to the Instrument Practical Test Standards (PTS) and instrument currency requirements?
Even though the FAA is phasing out nondirectional beacons (NDBs), instrument students can still be required to demonstrate the ability to fly the obsolete approaches during their practical test (checkride).
And even though a GPS-WAAS VNAV or LPV approach is flown just like an ILS, it doesn't "count" as a precision approach for either training or instrument currency.
"That doesn't make sense, particularly since we are transitioning our navigation system to satellite and will eventually eliminate most of the ground-based navaids," explained AOPA's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Cebula. And so the AOPA team pushed for changes in both the PTS and currency requirements with the people in Oklahoma City who can do something about it.
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August 10, 2006
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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